And Are We Yet Alive?

Charles Wesley is one of the founders of the Methodist church. His gift for combining sound theology, spiritual allusions and “plain music” were an important part of the Methodist revival that swept through England during the 18th century.

Charles wrote more than 6,000 hymns. Many of which we still know and love to this day. One of Wesley’s less familiar hymns is the hymn known as “And Are We Yet Alive?” And although it’s rather unfamiliar it holds an important place in Methodist tradition. Somewhere around 1780, Charles’ brother, John (who usually gets most of the credit for founding the Methodist church) began using this hymn as the opening song to what we would consider annual conference. That tradition has continued to this day. In our conference, “And Are We Yet Alive” is the opening song sung at the clergy session. It’s a shame that the song has been forgotten by most congregations over the years. If there is ever a time to recover this song, the time is now. Listen to how powerfully the words speak to us in the midst of “quarantine:” 

And are we yet alive, 
And see each other’s face? 
Glory and praise to Jesus give 
For His redeeming grace! 

Preserved by power divine 
to full salvation here, 
Again in Jesus’ praise we join, 
And in His sight appear. 

What troubles have we seen, 
What conflicts have we past, 
Fightings without, and fears within, 
Since we assembled last! 

But out of all the Lord 
Hath brought us by His love; 
And still He doth His help afford, 
And hides our life above. 

Then let us make our boast 
Of His redeeming power, 
Which saves us to the uttermost, 
Till we can sin no more: 

Let us take up the cross, 
Till we the crown obtain; 
And gladly reckon all things loss, 
So we may Jesus gain. 

View and listen to the hymn.

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